Comment from: Mr. Leigh [Visitor]
Mr. Leigh

I am eagerly anticipating these. I love my STEMs, but the mesh makes them difficult to wear in the winter. Hopefully these will work as a winter weather footwear choice for me.

02/21/13 @ 17:13
Comment from: Ty [Visitor]

The boots look awesome, any idea if Lems is planning an all leather version? I've been dying for something to wear all winter here in Chicago

02/21/13 @ 19:25
Comment from: Lyonel [Visitor]

Great looking boot. They should make one with the waterproofliner as an extra model.

02/22/13 @ 03:58
Comment from: Jeremiah [Visitor]  

Just ordered a pair! I will now be able to get rid of my Keens for outdoors hiking and casual wear.

02/22/13 @ 09:40
Comment from: Scott [Visitor]

I love my original Stem shoes and have been looking forward to this new boot offering. While I do most of my hiking and backpacking in Vibram Treks sometimes they are just not enough when the weather gets colder. I will wait for some initial reviews before I consider making the plunge on these but, I have an initial concern. The cotton lining. Cotton does not dry quickly once it gets wet. While these boots are water resistant there is still sweat as well as the potential for rain to get in or water from a creek crossing to splash in. Once cotton is wet it is not a good insulator and takes a long time to dry. The Lems shoes claim a moisture wicking polyester liner. I would think that any hiking boot should have a similar wicking/quick drying liner. Not 100% cotton.

02/22/13 @ 12:07
Comment from: Lyonel [Visitor]

Wow, that winter waterproof version is really wanted, judging from the first comments.

02/22/13 @ 14:24
Comment from: Cass Rea [Visitor]
Cass Rea

Looks great! Hopefully the fit is good with those laces so the big toe box can do its thing.

Suggestion: wool blend lining on the inside ;)
Wool + Leather is breathable and wicking so it doesn't need to be waterproof. Wool socks for sure.

02/22/13 @ 17:18
Comment from: Navarre [Visitor]

How does the boot height compare to the
Vibram Bormio? I've been looking for something a little taller and w/o separate toes for when the weather is below freezing. Snow between your toes becomes chilly quickly!

02/22/13 @ 21:44
Comment from: [Member]


These are higher than the Bormio.

02/22/13 @ 22:57
Comment from: Scott [Visitor]

@ Cass Rea -
Yup, wool lining would be PERFECT!

02/23/13 @ 07:56
Comment from: Lyonel [Visitor]

Justin, when will the video be up?

02/23/13 @ 14:21
Comment from: Vitor [Visitor]

Man, I wish Stem would remember that some people have big feet. I would love to have one of them, but not a single model in size 14.

02/24/13 @ 14:58
Comment from: johnEquest [Visitor]

So, if we buy these, are we considered LEMmings?

03/01/13 @ 10:17
Comment from: James [Visitor]

Great looking boot, will order some soon!

Thanks for the great review.

03/07/13 @ 16:06
Comment from: Heidi [Visitor]

I have to agree with those who think a wool or wool/blend liner would be nicer than cotton. I also would like to see a waterproof membrane option. When I'm tromping around in the snow in subzero weather, I really don't even want breathability, so I would absolutely but a totally waterproof version of these. That said, I'm SO glad someone is making a nice minimal boot for us barefoot advocates in colder climates.

04/18/13 @ 12:55
Comment from: Mark Hoover [Visitor]
Mark Hoover

I bought a pair of these shoes and I am profoundly disappointed. The pull tab on the heal broke within the first week. By the second week the heal cup had broken down and was letting my whole foot slide forward in the shoe. Now that my toes hit the end of the boots I find them useless. I wrote to Lems and told them my story. They didn't offer any help at all. I'm ended up having to buy another pair of Vivo Barefoot Offroad boots.

05/29/13 @ 20:38
Comment from: [Member]


Sounds like a terrible experience, indeed -- I had a heel tab break on a pair of Otz Troops and was aghast. And surpisingly, the OTZ Troops use a higher quality leather (to my eye) than the Boulders but I've not had any issues with my Boulder heel tabs.

The heel cup breakdown issue sounds interesting -- not fully understanding what's going on there (maybe you could elaborate).

Hope you like the Vivo Offroads -- they're a nice boot on the trail though maybe a bit much for everyday wear (the hard lugs annoy me on flat/hard surfaces).

05/30/13 @ 11:07

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